MMO Itch? What’s that?

Now I don’t know if any of you folks feel the same way, but every year or so I get the urge to play an MMORPG. It doesn’t matter whether the game’s free-to-play or pay-to-play, if it catches my attention, I’ll play it. In the last couple of years I’ve gone through a bunch of MMOs. I’ve been a lowly noob in World of Warcraftaimlessly wandering the lands of Azerothand a hotshot Stalker raiding and PVPing in Wildstar. This year, I’ve decided to try out something a little different.

My character select screen on Wildstar (January 2016)

Black Desert Online

A couple of days ago, I bought Black Desert Online. Before that, I looked up guides on the game to learn more about its mechanics and what sets it apart from other MMOs currently in the market. After seeing all of the stuff one can do in the game, I didn’t even hesitate to click the large “ORDER NOW” button on their website.

If I had to summarize all of the things that makes the game unique, I’d probably be here all day (not that I can anyway, since I’m still learning the ropes). Let’s just say that there’s a lot of things to do in the game outside of combat, and it’s pretty overwhelming at first. I’ll be honest, I still have absolutely no idea what I’m supposed to do aside from doing quests. It’s exciting to see all the life skills one can train and all of the micromanagement one has to do later in the game, though I feel completely lost at the moment.

The game’s in-depth Character Creation screen. Alternatively, the face I was making when I found out how much I had to learn in the game.

To cope with the (in my opinion) steep learning curve of the game, I’ve decided to just set a certain goal for myself everyday. Today, since I pretty much just started playing the game, all I did was a bunch of quests. I also learned a little about trading and realized that I’ll probably never indulge in the ingame trading system until my Wizard becomes a beast combat-wise (not just because I’m lazy, but also because you can run into bandits on your trade routes).

I also got my first mount today. It probably wasn’t a good idea to park it beside the spot where I was supposed to summon a boss.

I guess I’ll be sticking around Black Desert Online for a while, especially since I’ve barely scratched the surface. Hopefully I stay for years to come, but who knows. The whole point is that I tend to stop playing an MMORPG after a while, but there have been exceptions (Believe it or not, I still play RuneScape). Maybe I’ll post an update on my progress after a couple of weeks, we’ll see.

4 thoughts on “The Annual “MMO Itch”

  1. Thanks for sharing. I’ve never played any MMORPG games, but have always been interested. Your post has ignited my interest and bravery to give it a go myself and post about it!

    This was a few years ago, so I wonder how you got on with the game, all these years later?

    Rachael

    1. I think I had to stop playing after a while because of my hectic work schedule, but I’m planning on returning soon since I’m a freelancer now! BDO’s pretty fun, but it does have a bit of a learning curve.

      I did go back to Wildstar after this blog post though, and I continued playing it til it shut down about a year after this post. It was much easier to play in short bursts, which was perfect for me at the time. 🙂

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